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The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission will inquire into the recent disturbances in Kandy.

The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission will inquire into the recent disturbances in Kandy. Officials of the commission will visit the district and gather details of the people affected by the incidents and request the submission of written evidence. Its chairperson Dr. Deepika Udagama says evidence in writing not exceeding three pages, together with photographic, audio and video evidence will be accepted until April 21st. The evidence should be submitted to the commission's regional office at number 8/1, Primrose Road, Kandy.

Special train and bus services are in operation during the festive season.

The Railway Department will operate three special trains tomorrow for the benefit of people during the festive season. The trains will operate between Colombo Fort and Bandarawela and Maho Junction. Deputy General Manager of the Department Wijaya Samarasinghe said additional trains will also operate from April 10th to the April 17th.

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A lengthy discussion to revamp the United national party was held under the patronage of the Prime minister

 

Views and proposals of the UNP parliamentarians will be obtained regarding the fully revamping process of the United national party. Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka said that a committee comprised with several ministers has been appointed and the report of the committee has already been received. He told the SLBC that a lengthy discussion in this regard under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was conducted

The restructuring process of the UNP will take place today and tomorrow.


The restructuring process of the UNP will take place today and tomorrow. A supervisory board headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has been appointed to accelerate restructuring activities. Several sub committees headed by Ministers Sajith Premadasa, Ruwan Wijewardena and J.C. Alawathuwala have also been appointed to make recommendations for this purpose. General Secretary of the UNP Kabir Hasheem has already resigned from the post to help the restructuring process.

Intellectuals stress the need to create a true political and democratic changes in the country following the defeat of the no confidence motion.


Intellectuals stress the need to create a true political and democratic changes in the country following the defeat of the no confidence motion against the Prime Minister and the government. The government should accelerate the good governance policies in the coming years. Senior lecturer of the Sri Jayawardenapura University Venerable Dambara Amila Thero says people are having new aspirations after the government's victory over the no confidence motion. The Thero said that it is the government's duty to fulfill the needs of the people and go forward with necessary restructuring in the UNP. Chairman of the organization for the Families of Missing Persons Brito Fernando stated that the government has been able to strengthen national reconciliation and peace following the defeat of the motion. Therefore, the government should look into the problems of the families of missing persons.

Veteran artist Jayathilaka Bandara says that people are now expecting a rapid change in the democratic policies of the government.

The school vacation begins today.


All government schools will begin their vacation today as the first term of the 2018 academic year ends today. The second term will start on Monday, April 23. However, the first term of Muslim schools will end on Wednesday, April 11 and those schools will reopen for the second term on Wednesday, April 18.

The President requests the secretary to the Health Ministry to submit a report regarding the price and quality of bottled water.

The President has instructed the secretary to the Ministry of Health to submit a report regarding the price and quality of bottled water. Information has surfaced that certain businessman have resorted to selling bottled water of low quality at high prices, taking undue advantage of the drinking water issue faced by the dry zone.

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Spot fines for 33 traffic offences.

Three orders under the Motor Traffic Act were taken up for debate in Parliament today. Commencing the debate, Deputy Minister: Ashoka Abeysinghe, pointed out 33 traffic offences for which spot fines need to be levied. This is with the intention of controlling the rising number of road accidents and ensuring disciplined driving.

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2000 additional CTB buses for the convenience of passengers, during the forthcoming festive season.

Chairman of the Sri Lanka Transport Board Ramal Siriwardena says, 2000 additional buses will be deployed for the convenience of those travelling to their home towns to celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. He added, from tomorrow until the 15th, bus services will be operational 24 hours from the Central Bus Stand in Colombo.

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World Health Day to be celebrated in Colombo.

World Health Day falls on Saturday. The World Health Organization will celebrate the 70th World Health Day in Sri Lanka. The ceremony will be held at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe will be the chief guests.

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